After four years at CeBIT, the CODE_n CONTEST has been taken to the next level at the global innovation festival – the new.New Festival. In this year the 6th global CODE_n startup competition is looking for the most exciting founders and companies who are endeavoring to lead the charge of digital transformation through pioneering technologies in the categories of Machine Intelligence, Beyond Reality, and Cryptographic Trust.

The secret’s out! Over 300 international startups showed an interest in the application phase of the CODE_n CONTEST 2018. We’re excited to announce the Top 50 Finalists!

Meet our Top 50 startups

Intelligence X.0

From blockchain to VR and other stunning business concepts in the field of Artificial Intelligence, this years’ Top 50 Finalists are true gamechangers in Intelligence X.0.


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50 gamechangers live on stage

The 50 CODE_n CONTEST Finalists will showcase their business concepts and cutting-edge technologies to an audience looking to catch the next wave of technology innovation at the CODE_n new.New Festival from October 8 to 10, 2018 in Stuttgart, a powerhouse of the German economy. The winners of the CODE_n Awards will be announced at the event during a spectacular live ceremony, where they will receive prize money of up to € 30,000. The teams compete for the CODE_n Awards in “Best Business Model”, “Best Tech Innovation” “Industry Disruptor” and the “Overall Winner”.

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Machine Intelligence

In Machine Intelligence we focus not only on robotics, but also look at technologies and their application in business in the area of artificial intelligence – understanding the mimicking of cognitive functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as learning and problem solving: Machine Learning & Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Natural-Language Processing.

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Beyond Reality

Beyond Reality is related to technologies on how we perceive reality and/or the creation of computergenerated reality with focus on the application within novel business models in retail and industry: Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, Computer Vision, Digital Twins.

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Cryptographic Trust

Rounding out the field of digital trends, Cryptographic Trust is all about technologies based on a method of storing and transmitting data to prevent theft or alteration and facilitating user authentication which carries an enormous disruptive potential for various industries: Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Edge Computing, Cybersecurity.

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CODE_n Awards

The Top 50 Finalists have the chance to win prize money of up to €30,000. Award winners will be selected by a top-notch jury. This year we will reward prizes in the following categories:

  • “Best business model”
  • “Best Tech Innovation”
  • “Best Industry Disruptor”
  • “Overall CODE_n Award”

Matchmaking & Community

Join the CODE_n Community, consisting of 252 CONTEST Alumni, high-profile corporations, and digital pioneers. Participate in matchmaking and get discovered.


Previous CONTEST winners

Previous winners of subcategories

Important dates

  • Start of application phase: March 6, 2018
  • Deadline for submissions: May 13, 2018
  • Announcement of the 50 finalists: June 2018
  • CODE_n new.New Festival: October 8-10, 2018

For details on the application procedure and background information on the CODE_n CONTEST, please see the FAQs.

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applicants from 85 countries
startup finalists from 35 countries
partner awards + 5 CODE_n awards
specific CONTEST themes
applicants from 85 countries
startup finalists from 35 countries
partner awards + 5 CODE_n awards
specific CONTEST themes

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